Maurits' main areas of teaching and research are the legal and institutional history of the middle ages and the early modern period. Throughout his work, he strives to embed legal developments into their broader social, economic, and cultural context, taking into regard both local and global dimensions. Maurits wrote a PhD on insolvency legislation and practices in seventeenth century Amsterdam at Tilburg University, after having pursued an MA in History at the Universities of Leiden and St. Andrews. His work has been published in journals such as Comparative Legal History and TSEG - The Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History. Maurits' current projects include a monograph derived from his dissertation, as well as a new project that seeks to analyse the broader historical development of policy-making, good governance, and the professionalisation of urban middling officials in the medieval and early modern Low Countries.
European Legal History, Global History, Medieval History, Social and Economic History, Institutional History, Insolvency, Bankruptcy, Accountability, Dutch Republic, Amsterdam
I currently teach and coordinate the LAS course Early Modern Age: Globalization, Economy & Mentality, as well as parts of the first year GLB course Global Legal History and (in Dutch) Geschiedenis van de Publieke Instituties, part of the BA Bestuurskunde.